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May 4, 2017

Colorado Symphony Ball Raises Funds in Excess of $1 Million


Media Contact:  

Rachel Trignano, Manager of Public and Community Relations  

404.519.1015 (m)  –  303.308.2477 (o)    



May 3, 2017 – Denver, CO –  In an evening surpassing expectations, the Colorado Symphony Ball“Rock and Roll Royalty,” raised over $1 million towards the mission and ongoing operations of the Colorado Symphony. This year’s Colorado Symphony Ball raised money through table sales, individual and corporate contributions, sponsorships, silent and live auctions, and paddle-raiser, which included a generous matching gift of $50,000 from an anonymous donor. 

The Colorado Symphony welcomed Linda Shoemaker and Stephen M. Brett as Event Chairs. Governor John Hickenlooper, First Lady Robin Pringle Hickenlooper, Mayor Michael B. Hancock, and First Lady Mary Louise Lee served as Honorary Co-Chairs. Local rock band Tracksuit Wedding, helmed by lifelong friends Libby Anschutz and Ali Pashel Frankfurt, returned to the Fillmore Auditorium stage, along with the Colorado Symphony’s orchestra. 

Centered on performances by the Colorado Symphony and conducted by Associate Conductor Christopher Dragon, the Ball is the largest fundraiser for the Colorado Symphony each year. The event included the presentation of the esteemed Margaret Phipps Award to an individual, organization, or company that demonstrates outstanding commitment to the Colorado Symphony. Recipients of this year’s Margaret Phipps Award were Alexandra (Sandy) Elliott and in memory of John T.M. Wright. 

The Colorado Symphony thanks its gracious presenting sponsor of the ball, Arrow Electronics, and sponsors of the 2016/17 Season: The Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), Arrow Electronics, 9News, United Airlines, and Rocky Mountain Honda Dealers. 

Save the date for the next installment of the Colorado Symphony Ball taking place on April 28, 2018. 




For more information or to request interviews, please contact:  

Rachel Trignano, Manager of Public and Community Relations – 303.308.2477   

For high-resolution, downloadable images of the Colorado Symphony, visit  

The 2016/17 Colorado Symphony Season is presented by Arrow Electronics. Support also provided by: The Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), 9News, and United Airlines.  


Tickets are available online at, by phone at 303.623.7876, and in person at the Boettcher Concert Hall Box Office, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 1000 14th Street. The Box Office is open Monday  Friday, 10 a.m.  6 p.m.; Saturday, noon  6 p.m.; and two hours prior to each performance.


One of the leading orchestras in the United States, the Colorado Symphony performs more than 150 concerts annually at Boettcher Concert Hall in downtown Denver and across Colorado. Led by Music Director Designate Brett Mitchell with Principal Guest Conductor Andrew Litton, the Colorado Symphony is home to eighty full-time musicians, representing more than a dozen nations, and regularly welcomes the most celebrated artists from the world of symphonic music and beyond. Every season, the Colorado Symphony serves more than 250,000 people from all walks of life, performing a range of musical styles, from traditional to contemporary. Recognized as an incubator of innovation, creativity, and excellence, the Colorado Symphony continually expands its reach through education, outreach, and programming. The Colorado Symphony partners with the state’s leading musical artists, cultural organizations, corporations, foundations, sports teams, and individuals to expose diverse audiences to the transformative power of music. To learn more, visit